Trump in 'excellent health', gets 30/30 cognitive score

Elias Hubbard
January 21, 2018

President Donald Trump's overall health "is excellent" and he did "exceedingly well" on cognitive screening, his White House doctor declared.

Trump's predecessors, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican George W. Bush, were fitness enthusiasts, but Trump has no daily workout routine.

Senator Lindsey Graham said Trump was on board early last week with a tentative "compassionate" deal between Democrats and Republicans to guarantee the status of almost 700,000 "Dreamers" - people who came to the United States illegally as children and are now threatened with expulsion. That means he's gained three pounds over the past year, according to his last official records.

Jackson reports that the 6-foot-3 president weighed in at 239 pounds - three pounds heavier than he was in September 2016.

Being overweight is simply defined as a person whose weight is higher than what is considered a normal weight adjusted for height.

He is not alone.

The test given was the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, or MoCA. He passed a battery of heart exams, including a stress test that Jackson said showed an above-average exercise capacity for a man of his age, despite some calcium buildup in his arteries.

It was the third sentence in the summary, after Jackson wrote that Trump is in "excellent" health and that his cardiac performance "was very good". And, he gives us a glimpse into his exercise beliefs in that same Reuters interview. "There are people around the President who have an irrational view of immigration".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Jackson will attend her briefing Tuesday to provide a more complete readout on Trump's physical health. He gets exercise by playing golf, he said, even though he typically rides around the course in a golf cart. I've never known him to repeat himself around me...

"I'd sit down, but I'm not sure that sitting down will solve the problem", he said, referring to negotiations with North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un. But the Navy and Marines veteran still managed to raise some eyebrows with comments about Trump's "incredible genes".

It was Trump's first periodical physical as president and was conducted last Friday at the Walter Reed Army National Military Medical Center.

The President intends to take diet and exercise steps to lose perhaps 10 to 15 pounds, and is also planning to take a higher dose of Crestor, a cholesterol medication, Jackson said.

"The president is mentally very sharp, very intact".

"It is concerning because you can start to say well, if you do nothing different, if things don't change, you can start to predict the likelihood of having some sort of heart event-cardiac event, a heart attack, or something like that-within a certain number of years, and you see the trajectory of President Trump's numbers", Gupta said.

The results come amid questions about Mr Trump's mental fitness for office.

Trump, the doctor said, asked for the cognitive test to answer his critics and attempt to quell questions about his mental abilities.

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